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Flyers defense ready to get a lift with Nicklas Grossmann’s return

Apr 28, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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The Flyers could always stand to get some defensive help in the playoffs and it appears they’ll get just that ahead of tomorrow’s Game 1 against New Jersey.’s Tim Panaccio reports Nicklas Grossmann (concussion) could be ready to go for the Flyers on Sunday afternoon and Grossmann says he’s feeling better since missing Games 5 and 6 against Pittsburgh.

“I don’t know at this point, we’ll see,” he said. “It feels good to be on the ice. I haven’t talked to the doctors yet. I don’t want to make any conclusions yet. I feel better every day and try to take it a day at a time.”

Grossmann was teamed up with Braydon Coburn during Flyers practice this afternoon, providing a good sign that he could be ready to go against the Devils. Fellow injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros practiced on a pairing with Pavel Kubina meaning Meszaros is getting better but not ready to return.

The Flyers could use Grossmann to help defend against Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, and Adam Henrique who have been providing the offensive punch for the Devils all season and into the playoffs.

  1. broadstbully33 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    philly is simply the best

    • obamablowz - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      I’m a Flyers fan but got to say Rangers the best.

      • emoser - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Then you’re not much of a flyers fan. Until the champ is crowned, “best” is subjective. I’ll admit they had our number regular season, but I think a playoff series with them would be very, very closely matched.

      • obamablowz - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        I’m not a Flyers fan because I think the Rangers are the best team in the NHL? The best goalie, most physical team in the East, good scoring ability, good defense, and they beat the Flyers 8 straight games where the Flyers didn’t score over 3 goals. I will be cheering for the orange and black all the way but don’t think they get past New York if they meet.

  2. broadstbully33 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    every time u watch a nbc intermission report you see girouxsalem laying cindy out….. epic

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